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Attracting Fish and Improving Fishing at Lake Thom-a-Lex

Feb 16

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2/16/2012 11:33 AM  RssIcon

The next time you’re fishing Lake Thom-a-Lex, a 650-acre reservoir located in Davidson County, look for white buoys with orange stripes to increase your chances of reeling in a nice catch. That’s because those white buoys mark the spots where staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently dropped fish attractors — in an effort to enhance underwater habitat, attract fish and improve fishing opportunities.

Leading the effort was Keith Hendrickson, a fisheries technician with the Division of Inland Fisheries. He and other division staff placed 20 Mossback fish attractors throughout the lake on Feb. 1, dropping several near the fishing pier, which should help anglers fishing from the bank and the pier catch more fish. 

Unlike Christmas trees or other woody structure often used as fish attractors, Mossback fish attractors are made of plastic so they won’t decompose and, Hendrickson added, they should last for years.

Lake Thom-a-Lex contains several species of interest to anglers.  The largemouth bass fishery at Lake Thom-a-Lex is considered excellent.  Black crappie and white crappie are both found in Lake Thom-a-Lex, with white crappie growing larger on average than black crappie.  Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually to provide an additional fishery. Channel catfish and panfish, such as bluegill and redbreast sunfish, are also part of the lake’s fishery.

Lake Thom-a-Lex is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.  Anglers must check in at the office and purchase a permit before fishing from a boat or the fishing pier.

For anglers who prefer to locate the attractors using GPS, the coordinates are:

          Latitude                            Longitude

N35 53.240

W080 11.385

N35 53.507

W080 11.200

N35 53.392

W080 10.996

N35 53.024

W080 11.342

N35 52.810

W080 11.556

N35 52.721

W080 11.477

N35 52.880

W080 11.760

N35 52.613

W080 11.765

N35 53.268

W080 11.440


The Commission worked with Davidson County Parks and Recreation to complete the project, which was funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

3 comment(s) so far...

Re: Attracting Fish and Improving Fishing at Lake Thom-a-Lex

Why not add variation to the mix by adding some of the many varieties of habitat from Much more shade and surface area to grow bio film and start the foodchain,


By David Ewald on   2/27/2012 6:15 PM

Re: Attracting Fish and Improving Fishing at Lake Thom-a-Lex

Is bank fishing allowed here?

By Jan on   5/24/2012 4:27 PM

Re: Attracting Fish and Improving Fishing at Lake Thom-a-Lex

Theres a lot of people on fishing blogs that have lost intrest in thom a lex.

By Jesse Davis on   10/27/2015 7:28 PM

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